Flemish government to increase lanes to 10

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The government’s plans to build a 10-lane stretch or more on the Greater Brussels orbital ring road are being attacked by environmental organisations.

24 July 2008

BELGIUM - The Flemish government is now considering a plan to increase the number of lanes to 10 on the Greater Brussels orbital ring road.

The government plans to build a 10-lane stretch on the Greater Brussels orbital ring road first before extending the 10-lane road to the entire northern orbital.

There is often a lot of congestion on the stretch near Zaventem at Flemish Brabant.
At most places there are six lanes. There are also other areas where there are 10 lanes to keep local and non-local traffic separate.

10 environmental organisations believe large protests can now be expected as seen in Antwerp recently. The NGOs say some stretches of the Brussels ring road will soon have 17 lanes. They do not believe this will solve the jam problem.

An environment impact study is now being carried out. The Flemish government says its coincidence this is happening in the summer holidays.

The government insists all options are still open and that a definitive decision will only be taken in a couple of years.

[flandersnews.be / Expatica]

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